Saturday, February 28, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


The Modern Jazz Quartet • The Golden Striker • 1958


John Lewis, piano; Milt Jackson, vibes; Percy Heath, bass; Connie Kay, drums, percussion. New York City, 
4 April 1957

Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Friday, February 27, 2015

WALTZES, STEEL GUITARS, ETC., ETC.


Palakiko & Paaluhi • Maui • 1930

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Illustration: Ben Shahn. Four Piece Orchestra, 1944

Thursday, February 26, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


John Coltrane • Dear Lord • 1965


John Coltrane, tenor sax; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Roy Haynes, drums. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 
17 May 1965

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3


Robert Johnson • From Four Until Late • 1937


Robert Johnson, vocal/guitar. Dallas, 19 June 1937

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I JUST WISH THEY’D TAKEN IT SLOW

Sittin’ around thinking about the “state” of these Newnited States, as well as the wider world around us, conjured up this 40 year old cowboy’s-eye lament written by Dee Moeller. . . .


Waylon Jennings • Slow Movin’ Outlaw • 1974

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WILL ALL THE THRILL BE GONE?


Bob Dylan • Tomorrow Night • 1992


Get it: Good As I Been to You

Album cover: All Music

This week we’ve got a cwazy, not-to-be-missed lineup for those of you brave enough to listen: Robert Johnson, Linda Ronstadt, Lydia Mendoza, John Coltrane, and the Modern Jazz Quartet, along with Palakiko & Paaluhi introducing yet another new series, Waltzes, Steel Guitars, Etc., Etc. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

THINKIN’ OF DEAR OLD SUNNY TENNESSEE

Scrapper Blackwell, February 21, 1903–October 7, 1962


Scrapper Blackwell • Down South Blues • 1931

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Scrapper Blackwell, vocal/guitar. Richmond, Indiana, 24 November 1931

Still available after all these years, The Virtuoso Guitar of Scrapper Blackwell.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


The Fireballs • Foot-Patter • 1960


Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 3

LINER NOTES

Blues, color and kind. Eighteen top pops from the past half century of blue-filtered listening, and yet a mere ladleful from an ocean of big blue diamonds.

Further on down the road from the first two parts of Blues What Am, rather than follow a strict chronological survey in terms of discovery of various wonderful folk and blues performances it has been our choice to present a number of blue-tinged recordings from all over the American popular musical spectrum: archaic voicings glancing off the primordial runoff of obscure Appalachian wellsprings to a relatively up-to-the-minute revisitation of a World War II ballad by the Queen of Soul herself. In-between we hear everyone from the Dixie Hummingbirds and Lonnie Mack to Odetta and Fred McDowell setting forth their own recountings of that universal cri de coeur known so well to us all. —liner notes by “Little” Fats Terminal, station KFCK, Lompoc, CA




Sonny Boy Williamson • The Key (To Your Door) • 1959


Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; Robert Lockwood Jr., Luther Tucker, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass;
Fred Below, drums. Chicago, 7 August 1956

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HERE TONIGHT


Blind Willie Johnson • If It Had Not Been for Jesus • 1930


Willie B. Richardson, lead vocal; Blind Willie Johnson, vocal/guitar. Atlanta, 20 April 1930

Get it: Sweeter as the Years Go By.

Album cover: All Music

Saturday, February 14, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


Johnny Smith • Walk! Don't Run • 1954


Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Used with permission.

Coming up next week on Blues All Kinds: Blind Willie Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ry Cooder, Wanda Jackson, Sonny Chillingworth, The Fireballs, Scrapper Blackwell, and more new series! Don’t touch that dial. . . .

Friday, February 13, 2015

THAT’S HOW YOU GOT KILLED BEFORE


Robert Nighthawk • Goin’ Down to Eli’s • 1964


Robert Nighthawk, vocal/guitar; John Lee Granderson, guitar; Jimmy Collins, drums. Recorded live in the Maxwell Street market, Chicago, fall 1964.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GIRL GROUPS DOWN FOR THE COUNT,
BROUGHT LOW BY A BAD CASE
OF THE BLUES, Pt 2


The De Zurik Sisters (Caroline & Mary Jane)


Caroline Dezurik, Mary Jane Dezurik, vocal/yodeling duet/guitars. Chicago, 16 December 1938
Pictured: The De Zurik Sisters

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


Jerry McCain • Steady • 1960


Jerry McCain, harmonica; Fred Bush, piano; Christopher Collins, L. M. Jackson, guitars; Walter McCain, drums. Birmingham, AL, 1960

Saturday, February 07, 2015

FLAMBÉE MONTALBANAISE

Yeah, well, I didn’t buy this CD at Starbucks, I picked it up used somewhere along the way. My story, stickin’ to it. But it does contain quite a few fun tunes from all over the vernacular music spectrum: blues, country, early jazz, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, ska, etc. As it came out in 2008 it appears to be a companion piece to Mr. D’s Theme Time show on satellite radio which was airing around the same time period.

And it includes this fine uptempo waltz by French café star accordionist Gus Viseur.



Gus Viseur • Flambée Montalbanaise • 1940

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Friday, February 06, 2015

I HAVE A RIGHT TO TRUST MY BABY

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of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe: Sonny Boy Williamson’s sublime “Trust My Baby”



Sonny Boy Williamson • Trust My Baby • 1960

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Sonny Boy Williamson, vocal/harmonica; with Lafayette Leake, piano; Robert Lockwood Jr., Luther Tucker, guitars; Willie Dixon, bass; Fred Below, drums. Chicago, 15 September 1960

LP cover: discogs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

IT’S ABOUT TIME I QUIT MY JOB

Well, it looks like Bobby Marchan quit before Huey and the Clowns got to this one, because the singer on “Quit My Job” is John “Scarface” Williams and Bobby is nowhere to be heard. One of Huey Smith’s last sessions for Ace before moving over to Imperial.


Bobby Marchan with Huey Smith & His Band • Quit My Job • 1960

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Photo: The Clowns at The Apollo, 1958. (The Cosimo Code)

Monday, February 02, 2015

THE BLUES WHAT AM Pt 2


Lightning Hopkins with Barbara Dane

Lightning Hopkins, vocal/piano; Barbara Dane, vocal. Berkeley, CA, 26 November 1961

Get it: Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me

Sunday, February 01, 2015

ODDS & ENDS Vol. 6


The Viscounts • Harlem Nocturne • 1959


Photo copyright © 2015 by Brad Barrett. Reproduced here with permission of copyright holder.